AUTHORIZING COUNTIES TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS - CERTAIN HOSPITALS
                 Act of Aug. 17, 1965, P.L. 350, No. 184              Cl. 16
                                  AN ACT

     Authorizing counties to enter into agreements with certain
        hospitals for the care of chronic disease cases; and
        authorizing such counties to make appropriations therefor and
        for the construction and equipping of buildings, wings and
        units at such hospitals.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  The board of commissioners of any county is
     hereby authorized to enter into agreements with general
     hospitals within its boundaries or, if the hospital is in
     another county, within any adjacent county for the care of
     indigent and part-pay patients affected with chronic diseases,
     provided such hospitals have a rating of class A, are
     nonsectarian, and are operated on a nonprofit basis.
        The board of commissioners of any county is hereby authorized
     and empowered to appropriate money for the construction and
     equipping of buildings, wings or units at such hospitals for the
     care and treatment of chronic disease cases. All expenses
     incident to the maintenance of any county chronic disease
     building, wing or unit at a general hospital, erected and
     equipped for the care of patients afflicted with chronic
     diseases, under the provisions of this act, shall be paid for by
     the county in accordance with an agreement with the hospital,
     which the county is hereby empowered to make. Such agreements
     may include matters of ownership, operation, depreciation,
     obsolescence and division of overhead costs. The county shall be
     liable for the cost of the care and treatment of patients
     admitted by the county to the chronic disease wing.
        Section 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.